CFYJ's report makes policy recommendations specific to each state it profiles, including: * increasing the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18 years old; * eliminating the placement of youth in adult detention facilities; * providing waiver/transfer to adult court by judicial waiver only; * redirecting resources to expand developmentally appropriate and evidence-based treatment and services for youth in the juvenile justice system as an alternative to the adult criminal justice system; and * investing in quality and effective legal counsel for youth. Federal policymakers should consider amending JJDPA in 2007 by: * Imposing a federal ban on placement of young people in adult jails and prisons; and * Strengthening the federal "Disproportionate Minority Contact" provision by requiring states to invest federal and state resources in effective approaches to reducing racial disparities in the justice system. * Making significant improvements in the juvenile justice system by investing in programs that are developmentally appropriate and evidence-based, through the JJDPA and other federal programs.
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